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Restaurant review: Fireweeds 野草居食屋

By Ian Bartholomew  /  Staff reporter

With its emphasis on strongly flavored foods that go well with alcoholic beverages, Fireweeds resembles an izakaya, a traditional Japanese style drinking shop, except that it offers a wider range of food. As with conventional izakaya, there is a bar counter at which guests can sit and watch the chefs at work, as well as tables where larger parties can congregate.

Oddly, the slightly rustic vibe of Fireweeds is enhanced by the casual attire of the staff, mostly young women in denim shorts, cotton T-shirts and canvas sneakers, which is reminiscent of an American diner. The service is quick and helpful but not very sophisticated, and only the simplest explanations about the dishes can be elicited from staff.

Interesting surroundings, good food and a vibrant atmosphere make Fireweeds a good addition to the middle price range of Japanese dining.

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